Namibia Things to Do

  • National Marine Aquarium
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  • National Marine Aquarium
    by lotharscheer
  • National Marine Aquarium
    by lotharscheer

Namibia Things to Do

  • Swakopmund Museum

    Swakopmund Things to Do

    The quite good Swakopmund Museum has some reconstruction of colonoal interiors and a lot about tranportation and exhibits about Namibias history and ethnologie. Open daily from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm, 25 Namibian $.

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  • Desert and dunes

    Namibia Things to Do

    The Sossuvlei/Deadvlei area is one of the few accessible parts of the Namib Naukluft National Park. It is a great place to experience the Namib desert and to hike on dunes. After entering the park and getting your tickets at the visitors centre, you can drive on a well-maintained tar road with a normal car to the 2WD parking lot, from where a...

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  • National Marine Aquarium

    Swakopmund Things to Do

    If you have time or the weather is bad the National Marine Aquarium is quite good with several sharks and rays and a glas tunnel through the main aquarium. Thuesday to sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, 30 Namibian $.

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  • Etosha National Park

    Namibia Things to Do

    The hook-lipped rhinoceros is getting rarer and rarer, but if you are lucky, you can see some in the Etosha NP. We were - and saw two males settling a dispute concerning who can drink where at the waterhole. It was a spectacular view - the more dominant rhino approached the other one threateningly and kind of pushed it into the water where it...

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  • The War Memorial

    Swakopmund Things to Do

    I call it the War Memorial, but its actually called the Marine Memorial. It was erected and inaugurated in 1908 to honour the German Marines who were involved in the relief of Karibib and Otjimbingwe during the Herero uprising in 1904. The Schutztruppe (German Colonial Army) who were stationed in the territory at the time of the uprising were not...

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  • Swakopmund

    Namibia Things to Do

    This is a bustling town (population approx 30,000) that has a lot of adventure activities, fine architecture and lots of nice bars and cafes set on the mid western coast of Namibia by the Atlantic Ocean. Backpackers stream into this town for a few days of R&R. Windsurfing, sandboarding, quad biking, parachuting and much more are on offer. You...

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  • Desert Explorers Adventure Centre

    Swakopmund Things to Do

    Want to have an outdoor adventure? This place is really a ‘One Stop Shop’ for outdoor activities in the area. I simply walked in and said I wanted to skydive. 2 hours later I was jumping out of a plane. These people are friendly and organised. Here is the large list of activities they can arrange: * Quad Bike Rides * Sandboarding * Skydiving...

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  • Cape Cross

    4 out of 5 stars

    Namibia Things to Do

    Cape Cross is a cape about 100km north of Swakopmund. Named after the cross that Diego Cão, the first European to set foot on land this far south on the west-African coast, placed here in 1486, Cape Cross is now more famous for its seal colony. Up to 250,000 seals (!) of the species Arctocephalus pusillus live here during the peak season (October /...

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  • Fish River Canyon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Namibia Things to Do

    This is a stunning canyon that is 160kms in length and at points is 27kms wide. It goes down around half a kilometre from the surface and has a walking trail that goes for 85kms, This is controlled however, so there is no casual day walks available which is a shame. This canyon is suppossedly the second largest canyon in the world, behind the Grand...

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  • Damaraland - Rock Art, Brandberg

    Namibia Things to Do

    The Brandberg Mountains are Namibia's highest mountains with peaks reaching more than 2500m. As the area around is rather flat, the mountains appear all the more giant - they tower 2000m above the plain! The German name means "burning mountain" and derives from the intense glow they get when the evening sun illuminates them. The Brandberg...

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  • Plants - Welwitschia, Quiver trees,...

    Namibia Things to Do

    We went into the desert by bus to go and see the Welwitzia plants. They are very sensitive and you can damage them by just walking closely past them. The oldest one that they have in a fence is estimated to be over 1500 years old.

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  • Cheetah Parks

    Namibia Things to Do

    One of the major attractions of the Waterberg area, the Cheetah Conservation Centre is dedicated to care for hurt or orphaned cheetah cats and also develops strategies to avoid conflicts between cattle farmers and cheetahs (most cheetahs in Namibia live on farmland). The daily activities offered usually include a jeep ride into the spacious cheetah...

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  • Landscapes, meteorites and rock...

    Namibia Things to Do

    The Sesriem Canyon, which is just minute in comparison to the Fish River Canyon , is for sure also worth visiting. It is only about one km long and up to 30 metres deep whereas its width at places is mere two metres. But like its enormous cousin, it comes as a surprise when all of a sudden you come to the edge of a sharp drop. One can easily...

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  • Peoples of Namibia - Himba, Herero

    Namibia Things to Do

    Herero women are very eye-catching because of their picturesque attire. They wear colourful dresses with crinoline over several petticoats and a horn-shaped hat to match. This traditional outfit comes from colonial times and is based on Victorian women's dresses. The horns on the hat are pieces of rolled cloth and are meant to resemble the horns of...

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  • Windhoek

    Namibia Things to Do

    Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and where most tours will start. That said, Windhoek is not a spectacular destination, but a good place to get accustomed to traveling in Namibia. A possible Windhoek itinerary would start at Independence Avenue, where most of the shops and a few malls are located. Go past the clock tower and turn left at the...

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  • Walvis Bay

    Namibia Things to Do

    Walvis Bay is famous for two things: economically speaking its harbour, which is Namibia's largest and most important, touristically speaking its lagoon full of flamingos. After getting lost in the numerous industrial areas of Walvis Bay, we eventually ended up at the lagoon and were immediately enthusiastic to see thousands of flamingos stalking...

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  • Spitzkoppe and Erongo

    Namibia Things to Do

    I don't know if Spitzkoppe deserves its nickname 'Matternhorn of Africa' but I know for sure that this is the place of unique beauty. I didn't expect it to be so special, that's why my delight was even greater. The landscape is just stunning - rust and ochre rocks, groups of enormous boulders and the sense of isolation. We camped at the foot of...

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  • Caprivi Strip

    Namibia Things to Do

    One of the highlights of our stay in Namibia was a boat tour on Kwando River. It was organised by our lodge, Camp Kwando, and done by a very well-informed guide from South Africa. We started in the late afternoon at about 4pm and leisurely drove up Kwando River. The river is the border between Namibia and Botswana so that we were pretty much...

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  • Scenic flights and balloon rides

    Namibia Things to Do

    This has to be the best way to appreciate the scale and beauty of the Namib Desert! After an early morning start you find yourself floating above the dunes as the sun rises over them. This is the best time of day for photos - not only is the red hue at its deepest but the low sun gives each dune a defined edge. After an hour or so you'll land in...

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  • Luderitz

    Namibia Things to Do

    Luederitz is a slighty sleepy and maybe also bizarre place, which forms the basis of its appeal. The founding settlement of Namibia today consists of some 20 000 citizens. It was built on the bare granite rocks at the fringe of the Namib Desert and is openly exposed to the frequent Atlantic winds. Heavy sea fogs and sand storms contribute to the...

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  • Waterberg Plateau

    Namibia Things to Do

    The Waterberg Plateau Park is a great place for hiking. The best trail leads up to the ridge, with astonishing views on the surrounding country. This hike is easy, with some scrambling at the very end. If you have only time for one hike, I recommend you do this trail. The other (often intersecting) hikes are for the most part short and can easily...

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  • Animals, Birds, Insects

    Namibia Things to Do

    Many Swakopmund tour operators offer "Little Five Desert Tours", as the Namib desert starts right a Swakopmunds doorstep. Basically it works like this: The aim is to see as many different small desert species as possible. You join a tour, the guide takes you into the desert with a 4WD car and looks for signs and prints. Once he discovers an animal,...

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  • Highlights

    Namibia Things to Do

    As we only had two weeks for our journey, a little planning was needed as it is impossible to appreciate the whole country in just 14 days. Still, I would very much recommend our itinerary should you intend to travel to Northern Namibia. Day One: Windhoek. Not much to see here, but the "Tintenpalast" has nice views of Windhoek, and I loved the...

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  • Kolmannskop Ghost Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Namibia Things to Do

    In 1908, Luederitz was plunged into diamond fever. People rushed into the Namib desert hoping to make an easy fortune and within two years, a town, complete with a casino, school, hospital and exclusive residential buildings, had been established in the barren sandy desert. The diamond-bearing gravel was screened and washed in huge recovery plants....

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  • Getting around namibia

    Namibia Things to Do

    Traveling in Namibia is very interesting and not dangerous. When you are going arround with a camera hanging visible on your body, you are the "tourist", who will be a target for beggars, and in towns as Lüderitz, Swakopmund, Windhoek and others, there are a lot of them. Namibia is not the distination for diving and snorkeling, the sea is of a bad...

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  • Keetmanshoop

    Namibia Things to Do

    The town was founded as a mission station in 1866 and named after the German trader Johann Keetman who supported the mission financially. There is a museum in the old church where the illustrated history of Keetmanshoop is on display. Worth a visit is the old "Kaiserliche Postamt" built in the year 1910, which now houses the Tourist...

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  • Skeleton Coast

    Namibia Things to Do

    "Strictly no entrance into Skeleton Coast Park other than official entrance gate" that is what you will read in the maps. All along the coast you will find "No Entry" signals. A infinitely white desert sand landscape where only hyenas, jackals, birds and seal subsist. Once you are getting near the coast you are receive by a dense coastal fog and...

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  • Dunes and desert

    Namibia Things to Do

    Dune 45, located at kilometre 45 when coming from the gate to the national park, is the most famous sand dune in Namibia. Why this is the case, remains disputed - I suppose it's only the fact that there is a car park with a privy in front of it which makes it convenient for travellers to stop there. That said, Dune 45 is an absolute must-visit....

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  • Duwisib Castle

    Namibia Things to Do

    It looks like a Fata Morgana from far. - Well it must be, there can not be such a building in this surrounding - or can it? Is it a Fort? a Castle? It is Duwisib Castle. A german officer (Baron von Wolf) wanted to retire here with his american wife and built this for them. Looking quite stern from the outside it is actually really nice inside....

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  • Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn

    Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn is nothing special - you normally wouldn't even realise it. However, in the middle of the Namib-Naukluft NP, two huge signs have been put up next to the roadside so that everyone coming can stop at this point to take a picture. The signs are scribbled full with initials and names - don't forget to leave yours!The...

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  • The flamingos of Walvis Bay

    Walvis Bay is famous for two things: economically speaking its harbour, which is Namibia's largest and most important, touristically speaking its lagoon full of flamingos. After getting lost in the numerous industrial areas of Walvis Bay, we eventually ended up at the lagoon and were immediately enthusiastic to see thousands of flamingos stalking...

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  • Sesriem Canyon

    I would strongly recommend to visit Sesriem Canyon BEFORE you travel further to the Sossusvlei. It's a nice place to stop, but it can't compare at all to the majestic sand dunes of the desert further southwest. You will very likely be disappointed if you do it afterwards.Sesriem Canyon got its name from the Afrikaans word for "six belts". The early...

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  • Dune 45

    Dune 45, located at kilometre 45 when coming from the gate to the national park, is the most famous sand dune in Namibia. Why this is the case, remains disputed - I suppose it's only the fact that there is a car park with a privy in front of it which makes it convenient for travellers to stop there. That said, Dune 45 is an absolute must-visit....

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  • Bwabwata NP

    Bwabwata NP is located in the Caprivi Strip and at 6,100km² encompasses most of its area. In a Namibian context, it's still a rather small national park. We did our first game drive in the park, which was founded in 2007. Lots of animals roam the park, such as elephants, giraffes, different types of antelopes, springboks, zebras, lions, leopards,...

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  • Namibia's absolute highlight: the Dead...

    This is not about dead insects, even if the pronunciation is the same, but about the most dramatic sight in Namibia: the Dead Vlei in the Namib Desert. I had seen lots of images about this place before I went there, but they couldn't show just how beautiful and impressive the Dead Vlei is.Located just next to the more well-known Sossusvlei, the...

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  • Etosha NP - rhinos

    The hook-lipped rhinoceros is getting rarer and rarer, but if you are lucky, you can see some in the Etosha NP. We were - and saw two males settling a dispute concerning who can drink where at the waterhole. It was a spectacular view - the more dominant rhino approached the other one threateningly and kind of pushed it into the water where it...

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  • Etosha NP - ostriches

    When driving through the barren landscape of the Etosha NP, you will more often than not see huge black dots on the horizon. Getting closer, you will discover that they are not boulders or anything the like, but ostriches, the world's largest birds. As male ostriches can grow to a height of 2.5m, they are easily visible even in the far distance. In...

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  • Etosha NP - giraffes

    Imagine a flat, barren landscape with no trees in sight. Instead there is an endless salt flat, the hot air shimmering above it. It feels as though one is stranded on a moon-like planet which is way too hot and way too hostile to life. Then, suddenly, there is a movement. A curious animal walks into the picture, gracefully yet somehow awkwardly. A...

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  • Etosha NP - springboks

    The most common animal in the Etosha NP is also one of its most graceful. Brown, white and black, slender, equipped with two decorative horns, springboks are literally everywhere in the park (and quite common outside of it as well). It doesn't matter how barren and empty the landscape, how hot and dry the day, how devoid of trees the area - a group...

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  • Etosha NP - lions

    I suppose that a lot of those visiting Etosha NP look forward to seeing lions live and in action. So did we - and we weren't disappointed. We had just entered the park through the Andersson Gate and were about to turn into the first track leading to a waterhole when we suddenly spotted a sleeping pair of lions. They had chosen a shady place under a...

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  • Etosha NP - elephants

    According to our guidebook, elephants are the eighth-most common animal in the Etosha NP. You are very likely to see some at one of the waterholes where they congregate with their families to drink, enjoy a mud bath or whizzing about (the little ones). It is great that there are still so many of them - in 1880, long before the first nature...

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  • Etosha NP - general facts

    First declared as a nature reserve in 1907, the Etosha NP is one of Namibia's best spots to watch animals in their normal habitat. Allegedly, it is the second-largest nature protection area in Africa. In any case, its dimensions of 295x110km make sure that you can spend a few days there without getting bored. The national park is home to countless...

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  • Etosha NP - zebras

    The Etosha NP is full of one of the most beautiful African animals: the zebra. There are different kinds of zebra, but what all of them have in common are their black-and-white stripes. This makes them a very nice photo subject, in particular if you focus on single animals and not on big groups. Try to single out some zebras so as to allow the...

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  • Rock art in the Brandberg Mountains

    The Brandberg Mountains are Namibia's highest mountains with peaks reaching more than 2500m. As the area around is rather flat, the mountains appear all the more giant - they tower 2000m above the plain! The German name means "burning mountain" and derives from the intense glow they get when the evening sun illuminates them. The Brandberg Mountains...

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  • Do a boat tour on Kwando River

    One of the highlights of our stay in Namibia was a boat tour on Kwando River. It was organised by our lodge, Camp Kwando, and done by a very well-informed guide from South Africa. We started in the late afternoon at about 4pm and leisurely drove up Kwando River. The river is the border between Namibia and Botswana so that we were pretty much...

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